The Latest by Kim Smaczniak

Managing Attorney

Kim led Earthjustice’s work from 2017–2021 to accelerate our transition to 100% clean energy and ensure everyone benefits from a thriving clean energy economy.

PJM operates the electrical grid in the states depicted. It has proposed measures that would add billions of dollars to consumers' energy bills and give handouts to power plant owners.
October 23, 2018

States Must Fight the Latest Fossil Fuel Bailout

Residents across 13 states may face billions of dollars in higher energy costs as punishment for their states’ clean energy policies.

Bernard McNamee was confirmed by the Senate in December, 2018 to fill an open seat on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.
October 8, 2018

One of the Most Important Agencies You’ve Never Heard of Is Being Taken Over by Trump

Fossil fuel advocate Bernard McNamee is the Trump administration's pick to fill a critical seat on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

President Donald Trump and Secretary of Energy Rick Perry share a moment.
January 11, 2018

A Government Agency Just Killed the Trump Administration’s Coal Bailout Scheme

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission didn’t buy the Department of Energy’s claim that we need coal around “just in case.”

The Cheswick Generating Station in Springdale, PA.
August 30, 2017

Building Up to a Bailout: New Department of Energy Study Makes Up Reasons to Promote Coal

The evidence gathered shows the grid is reliable, but the recommendations are trumped up.